Travel back to Greece in 370 BCE on the island of Kos. Hippocrates has just passed away and that leads to a lot of doubt regarding the durability of his medical activities. As one of his successors, you lead a team of doctors with the goal of perpetuating the treatment of patients in the temple of Asclepios, later known as the first hospital in history. Be the right successor of Hippocrates and increase your reputation, so that patients from all around the Mediterranean will come with the hope of receiving the best treatment ever.
The game lasts four rounds, with each round divided into five phases:
1. Kalosorisma — Each player welcomes up to three patients in their hospital. You need to select your patients carefully as all patients need urgent help, and some may be easier to treat than others, but make sure to help the most in need or you will lose reputation as a doctor.
2. Pliromi — You have to remunerate your doctors or risk their departure.
3. Stratologisi — In this phase, players try to hire new doctors and purchase medicine kits. If a player obtains both, they receive a bonus.
4. Therapeia — Now is the time to treat patients. Players have to carefully puzzle and link the right patients to the right doctors to maximize their assets.
5. Exis — Players count victory and reputation points, and prepare the board for the next round.
Hippocrates combines auction bidding, tile placement, resource management, and more to create an exciting mix that will challenge each player to best manage their patients and try to become Hippocrates’ worthy successor.
Solo, 2 Players, 3 Players, 4 Players
90m – 120m
End Game Bonuses, Solo / Solitaire Game, Tile Placement
This is a great game with lots of significant choices but I do wish Game Brewer paid more attention to their production quality. Some of the materials and inserts are really quite poor and these are not inexpensive games so, for their own reputation going forward, they should seek to do a better job.
An unexpected delight! I say "unexpected" because the game is extremely puzzly, and I tend to hate (yes, hate) puzzly games. But I love Hippocrates! Everything you do to advance hurts you in some other way: need more resources, get more patients...now you have too many patients and it's questionable whether you can heal them in time. So you get more physicians....which costs a whack of money, and you need money to pay those physicians you just hired! Plus, like in most worker-placement type games (which really it is, more so than a tile-placing game), those patients which you (ironically enough!) "need" may be taken before you have a chance. So go first in turn-order by keeping your reputation high...and keeping your reputation high will generally mean avoiding those patients who give you more resources....etc.! Though a nightmare of a table-hog, the art is utterly gorgeously! And a fair bit of research must have been done to get the names of patients to authentically match the ancient ethnicities portrayed on the cards....right down to their hair-styles! The only drawback to the art is that the game as a whole is not colour-blind friendly; it's not impossible for the colour-blind to play, but it is a challenge. Why Hippocrates is currently rated so low is beyond me.
KS: Apr 2021 Delivered: Aug 2022* PM Complete *Originally sent the wrong game, which needed to be returned before being sent the correct game; an overall poor fulfillment on this project.